The Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor seized a loaded shotgun, ammunition and illicit drugs during a search of a vehicle after arresting a Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) member last night.
As part of ongoing targeting and disruption of the illicit activities of criminal networks, police from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor’s Lifetime Offender Management Team were conducting inquiries into the whereabouts of a 29-year-old man, who was wanted on a revocation of parole warrant.
Following inquiries, Strike Force Raptor stopped a Holden Commodore on McMahon Close, Penrith, about 8.15pm (Wednesday 22 January 2020).
The driver, a 29-year-old man, was arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station.
During a search of the vehicle, police located and seized a loaded .410 double barrel shotgun, ammunition, prescription medication and methylamphetamine.
The man, who is a Mongols OMCG member, was charged with possess loaded firearm public place, possess unauthorised firearm, not keep firearm safely- not prohibited firearm, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit (x2), possess prohibited drug, and supply prohibited drug (indictable quantity).
He was refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court later today (Thursday 23 January 2020).
Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009 and conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity.
Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist Strike Force Raptor can report it directly to investigators via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.